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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in City of Darwin have a higher proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Northern Territory.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport City of Darwin's local resident workers use (either within or outside the local area), informs decision-makers about the effectiveness of transport modes, routes and availability of local public transport.

There are a number of reasons why people use different Modes of Transport to get to work including:

  • The availability of affordable and effective public transport options between place of residence and place of work;
  • The number of motor vehicles available within a household; and
  • The travel distance to work, which for example, can allow people to walk or bicycle to their place of employment.

Method of Travel to Work data should be viewed in conjunction with Residents place of work and for a clearer picture of where working residents are employed.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by place of work

Resident workers method of travel to work
City of Darwin 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Northern Territory %Number%Northern Territory %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver26,61563.260.223,87961.656.3+2,736
Car, as passenger2,8206.76.82,9737.77.9-153
Train430.10.1270.10.0+16
Bus2,8386.76.11,6624.33.8+1,176
Ferry40.00.0110.00.0-7
Tram90.00.080.00.0+1
Truck1440.30.51790.50.7-35
Motorbike/Motor scooter7101.71.46701.71.4+40
Bicycle1,2753.02.51,3473.52.8-72
Taxi/Other1600.40.31950.50.3-35
Other - multiple methods7831.92.18082.12.3-25
Walked only2,0814.98.52,1015.411.0-20
Worked at home9912.42.69412.42.8+50
Did not go to work3,1287.47.53,4228.88.6-294
Not stated4841.21.45661.51.9-82

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Resident workers method of travel to work, 2016
Resident workers method of travel to work, 2016 Car, as driver, Northern Territory : 60.2% Car, as passenger, Northern Territory : 6.8% Train, Northern Territory : 0.1% Bus, Northern Territory : 6.1% Ferry, Northern Territory : 0.0% Tram, Northern Territory : 0.0% Truck, Northern Territory : 0.5% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Northern Territory : 1.4% Bicycle, Northern Territory : 2.5% Taxi/Other, Northern Territory : 0.3% Other - multiple methods, Northern Territory : 2.1% Worked at home, Northern Territory : 2.6% Did not go to work, Northern Territory : 7.5% Not stated, Northern Territory : 1.4% Car, as driver, City of Darwin - All industries : 63.2% Car, as passenger, City of Darwin - All industries : 6.7% Train, City of Darwin - All industries : 0.1% Bus, City of Darwin - All industries : 6.7% Ferry, City of Darwin - All industries : 0.0% Tram, City of Darwin - All industries : 0.0% Truck, City of Darwin - All industries : 0.3% Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of Darwin - All industries : 1.7% Bicycle, City of Darwin - All industries : 3.0% Taxi/Other, City of Darwin - All industries : 0.4% Other - multiple methods, City of Darwin - All industries : 1.9% Worked at home, City of Darwin - All industries : 2.4% Did not go to work, City of Darwin - All industries : 7.4% Not stated, City of Darwin - All industries : 1.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Car, as driver, City of Darwin - All industries: +2,736 Car, as passenger, City of Darwin - All industries: -153 Train, City of Darwin - All industries: +16 Bus, City of Darwin - All industries: +1,176 Ferry, City of Darwin - All industries: -7 Tram, City of Darwin - All industries: +1 Truck, City of Darwin - All industries: -35 Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of Darwin - All industries: +40 Bicycle, City of Darwin - All industries: -72 Taxi/Other, City of Darwin - All industries: -35 Other - multiple methods, City of Darwin - All industries: -25 Worked at home, City of Darwin - All industries: +50 Did not go to work, City of Darwin - All industries: -294 Not stated, City of Darwin - All industries: -82
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 2,885 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in City of Darwin, compared with 29,588 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the resident workers in City of Darwin shows that 6.9% used public transport, while 70.3% used a private vehicle, compared with 6.3% and 67.6% respectively in Northern Territory.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers of City of Darwin and Northern Territory were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (63.2% compared to 60.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Walked only (4.9% compared to 8.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in City of Darwin between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+2,736 people)
  • Bus (+1,176 people)
  • Did not go to work (-294 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-153 people)

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